Poll: Republicans Consumed With Racist Birther Conspiracy
April 21, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—-Today brings us more evidence that the Republican Party has been overtaken by deeply ignorant, paranoid tea party members, who believe that our first African-American president was not born in this country. Like any committed conspiracy theorist, Republican birthers refuse to accept any facts that get in the way of their hatred and deranged racist belief that a black man named Barack Hussein Obama, must be a foreigner, an illegal alien, a Kenyan con man, a Manchurian Candidate, a secret Muslim, a child of chimpanzees, the “other.” The birthers are not, as Republican establishment figures would have you believe, a small fringe group of crazies within the base of the Republican Party. A new CBS/NYT poll shows that birthers make up the majority of Republican voters. The poll is both shocking and depressing. The paranoid conspiratorial tin-foil hat crowd has a new name: Republicans.
The new CBS/NYT poll corroborates other recent polls showing an increase in birtherism among Republican voters. But to think, that after the kooky conspiracy theory has been thoroughly debunked and discredited ad nauseum, during the 2008 presidential campaign and throughout the first two-years of Obama’s presidency, that it would start to fade. But instead, birtherism has increased. And the Republican leadership is to blame, because they have added fuel to the fire to gain political favor with the tea party base. Now, the GOP will have to deal with the consequences.
The New York Times has the bad news for the GOP:
“Over all, it showed that Republicans who are considering making presidential bids will have to woo a party that largely identifies with the Tea Party movement — more than half of Republican voters said they considered themselves Tea Party supporters — and has questions about President Obama’s origin of birth.”
“A plurality of Republican voters, 47 percent, said they believed Mr. Obama, who was born in Hawaii, was born in another country; 22 percent said they did not know where he was born, and 32 percent said they believed he was born in the United States.”
The Political Animal’s Steve Benen perfectly sums up the GOP’s birther problem:
“I might be able to spin this into a less-depressing result, noting that many of these Republican voters aren’t aware of the natural-born citizen language in the Constitution, and may not appreciate the extent to which they’re buying into a ridiculous, arguably racist, conspiracy theory with no foundation in reality.”
“But frankly, the effort not to believe the worst about the GOP base is a tough sell. When 47% of Republicans, literally years after the birther garbage was debunked, believe the president was born in another country, it reinforces the notion that there’s a deeply ugly strain of madness that runs through Republican politics.”
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Anti-Obama protester, Austin, Texas “Tea Party” protest, July 4, 2009/Bonzo McGrue/Creative Commons Attribution.